Mason Sports Roundup
Posted: May 20, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
With the athletics teams winding up their seasons, the baseball and men’s and women’s track and field squads were the only two in action this past weekend.
Baseball Closes Regular Season with Sweep of Tribe
The Patriots baseball team swept visiting William and Mary, beating the Tribe 10-3 in the final game of a three-game series on Saturday.
When the series began, Mason (28-23, 18-10) trailed the Tribe in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings, but the Patriots passed the Tribe (35-19, 16-13) and clinched the third seed in next week’s CAA Tournament in Wilmington, N.C.
Mason will play its first postseason game on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against the fourth-seeded Tribe.
Justin Bour had his first home run in six weeks, snapping a streak of 100 plate appearances. He finished the game three for four with four RBI. Chris Henderson was three for five with two RBI, and Ryan Soares, Josh Steinberg, Mark Hill and Brent Weiss each had two hits. Dan Jaycox, Mason’s lone senior, got the start on Senior Day while Kris Mengle (4-2) picked up the win pitching four hitless innings.
Patriots Finish 12th at IC4A/ECAC Championships
One day after freshman Dwight Webley earned the long jump title, the Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams recorded a number of top-five finishes in the final day of competition at the 2008 IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Princeton, N.J.
Senior Ryan McCoy finished second in the triple jump with a 15.42-meter distance.
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Both the men’s and women’s teams finished 12th in the team standings.
Junior Murielle Ahoure, who placed first in the preliminaries of the 100-meter and 200-meter dash on Saturday, earned third and second place in those events respectively. Ahoure ran the 100-meter dash in 11.63. Connecticut’s Trisha Hawthorne won the title in 11.51. Hawthorne again bested Ahoure in the 200-meter dash, as her 23.35-second time edged Ahoure’s time of 23.67.
Sophomore Tiara Swindell improved upon her 400-meter placement from the preliminaries as she ran the event in 54.94, good for fourth place. Swindell earned the eighth and final spot in yesterday’s preliminaries with a 54.91 mark.
In the triple jump event, junior Ryann Hendricks placed fourth with a 12.66-meter jump, while freshman Chia Hudson finished 29th with her 11.19-meter distance. The Mason women’s 4×100-meter relay team of Hendricks, Swindell, sophomore Marie Fields and Ahoure finished fourth in the finals of the competition with a 46.08 time.
On the men’s side, senior Ryan McCoy narrowly missed a second IC4A title for the Patriots, as he finished second in the triple jump with a 15.42-meter distance.
Albany’s Michael McCadney took the gold with a 15.59-meter jump. Webley finished eighth in the event with a 14.90-meter jump. Additionally, the men’s 4×800-meter relay squad picked up a seventh-place finish as they completed the event in 7:36.54.
The Patriots will use the next two weeks to train for the NCAA East Regional Championships, hosted by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., on May 30 and 31.